You’ve read about my diabetes here on JustAnotherCyclist a couple of times. I’ve even claimed to not write about my diabetes much on this blog (as I write about diabetes on this blog – yet again!) Nonetheless, it is a huge part of my life by necessity. So it was with some interesting that I happened across another cyclist and diabetic – and blogger.
It is an unfortunate necessity of being a cyclist with Type 1 diabetes that a fair amount of thought goes into blood sugar levels on the days before, during and after major rides. Despite all the warm fuzzy “Diabetes doesn’t stop me from doing anything” sentiments – which I in fact do agree with – there is still an inescapable fact of life: Diabetes is a big pain in the ass. I’ve talked before about some of the challenges that cycling, or any athletic endeavor, can present to a diabetic. To that end, I’ve decided to share some of my methods of managing my diabetes while I’m riding, and ask for your stories to help me address some of the areas I’m struggling with.
Note: I first wrote and posted this article to my blog at VeloReviews.com on June 15, 2010. Since then, I’ve imported it back here to JustAnotherCyclist.com to provide more context to posts that will be appearing here.
I generally don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on my diabetes [here on JustAnotherCyclist.com]. It is not that I’m ashamed of my type 1 diabetes, or trying to hide it, but more that I mostly consider it just a part of my life. Thinking of it in that context I’m just not really compelled to post about it on web sites that I frequent, or write about it in my blog. However, every once in awhile something comes along that can potentially make my diabetes noteworthy. In this case, it is a change in the way I manage my diabetes that promises to make my cycling a whole lot better, safer and enjoyable. Well, two things actually.